Veterans to be honored Friday

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In observance and reverence of Veteran's Day, the Bucyrus City School District will host special programs and assemblies at both the Elementary and Secondary School Nov. 10. Local veterans and families are invited to attend as the students and staff offer a honest thank you to the courageous men and women who selflessly served our country to help shape it into the great nation it is today.

The high school will offer a program at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the gym, 482 E. Geneva St. Programs also will be offered from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Friday at Tibbets Elementary School, W5218 County A, and at 1 p.m. Friday at West Side Elementary School, 222 Sunset Drive.

Van Buren High School will have a Veterans Day assembly at 10 a.m. Thursday in the high school gymnasium.

This year's event features a moving address by Capt. Van C. Stone, a decorated Vietnam War veteran in the U.S. Army with one Silver Star, three Bronze Stars and three Purple Hearts, the release stated. This invitation was accepted by more than 35 community veterans. Interim superintendent Jay McCracken will open the ceremony before handing the microphone over to guest speaker Commander Michael S. Trench, U.S. Navy. The dinner runs from 5 to 7 p.m., and the Jack Farina Big Band will perform music for dancing from 7 to 10 p.m. The guest speaker will be Bill Longmore, US Army Specialist.

Broward County Public Schools invited relatives of students and staff who are veterans or active military members to enjoy lunch at their child's school.

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"So that's kind of neat because that means that learning about veterans and the importance of Veterans Day and honoring our country's heroes was important to an even younger age group", Webb said.

The Bitterroot Valley has many Veteran's Day events planned Wednesday through Saturday.

Lahlum said students make American flag artwork that line the hallways and are always eager to hug and high-five the veterans as they leave the stage. Veterans are invited to stay for a reception and conversation immediately following the ceremony.

On Saturday, each veteran will get two free tickets to see UW-W's football team play UW-Eau Claire.

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